We are Anne Christman and Ken Krueger, two Baby Boomers (circa 1948), on our second marriage go-arounds. We’ve moved into our retirement, but by no means do we plan on letting life pass us by. We live in a community in Central Florida that touts itself as “Country Club Living for Active Adults,” and you can be as active as you choose to be. We can golf, kayak, bike, hike, swim, travel, entertain and attend the symphony virtually anytime we choose. While we love the multitude of recreational and cultural activities, we know there is more we want to do.
When we first met, we talked about the many blessings we had in our lives and our strong feelings regarding the need to give back to our community. We are long time volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, are active in our Community Association and have joined our local Retired and Senior Volunteer Program to open up many more opportunities to help out locally. We have participated in three Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Habitat Work Projects, the latest in Viet Nam in 2009. In the Spring of 2011, we went “whole hog” and applied to the Peace Corps.
When people ask why, we talk about our commitment to giving back but we also let them know that we look at it as one more adventure on our life’s journey. We’re still “young” and in good health so we felt now is the time to just do it.
Our family and friends really enjoyed our email up-dates during our time in Viet Nam, so starting a blog for our Peace Corps assignment seemed like a great way to let everyone follow along on our newest adventure. The blog title, “One More Adventure” seemed appropriate.
If you follow our blog, you know that our Peace Corps experience was cut short when Anne was diagnosed with breast cancer. She caught it very early and the surgery and follow-up radiation treatments were all a success. As much as we enjoyed the PC experience, the medical requalification would take so long, a return to a full PC tour is out of the question. The Peace Corps Response Program may be a possibility once things settle down since those assignments are generally more short-term.
So we move on to the next part of our lives – the RV lifestyle.
We look forward to sharing our experiences with you and hope you will join us as partners in our newest adventure.